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I didn't think that I would use a chainsaw that often so I bought the DeWalt 40v chainsaw for easy maintenance. I decided to clear my back lot cutting down 40 small to medium size cedar trees. The DeWalt chainsaw is good for cutting all the branches off the trees but It is under power trying to cut 6 to 8 inches wet tree trunks flush to the ground.
So now I'm looking for a gas chainsaw with no smaller than a 18 inch bar to finish the job. I want to spend under $400. I have 1 big job right now but after that I won't be using the saw that often. I was looking at Stihl and went to TSC. TSC sells Poulan and Jonsered. Any recommendations?
 

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I'd steer clear of Poulan. I have a Poulan Pro right now that never has run right. It starts fine, but even with a 42cc engine it lacks power. Have to ease the throttle up to wide open over a span of 30 seconds or engine dies. I gave up using it and use my Dewalt reciprocating saw with a 9" or 12" pruning blade now. If batteries aren't charging fast enough, I'll use my corded Tiger Paw recip saw if electric is close. If I ever need to buy a gas powered one again, will most likely be a Stihl.


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Stihl is all I buy......just my 2 cents.:usa
 

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I worked at a tree service for years, and we used all Stihls and Huskys, they were both very tough, I just found the Huskys a bit easier to work on. The Stihls had a bit more "progressive" design on some things like tool-less chain adjusters (if I recall correctly) and the Stihl climbing saws had a very complicated throttle-linkage system in the handle that was like a puzzle. :flag_of_truce:

I carried an older Husky 272 in the log loading truck, the other crews used 355s and 372 ground saws, we had a 3120 BIGGUN Husky for big trees, and then Husky climbing saws. The only Stihls we used were climbing saws. I don't think you'd go wrong with either brand, if you don't mind spending $300-400 on a saw.

I have a couple of 40+ year old McCulloughs that till run good for my home use. :lol:
 

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I'd steer clear of Poulan. I have a Poulan Pro right now that never has run right. It starts fine, but even with a 42cc engine it lacks power. Have to ease the throttle up to wide open over a span of 30 seconds or engine dies. I gave up using it and use my Dewalt reciprocating saw with a 9" or 12" pruning blade now. If batteries aren't charging fast enough, I'll use my corded Tiger Paw recip saw if electric is close. If I ever need to buy a gas powered one again, will most likely be a Stihl.


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This. I have one I inherited from my dad. Thing won't run right to save it's life.

Stihl is the only way to go. My work is a dealer for Stihl products as well as JD tractors!!


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Stihl is all I buy......just my 2 cents.:usa
These two. If you can find an old 26, MS260, you'll be set. The newer saws are the 261. They are bullet proof.
 

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I have had an MS310 Stihl for 11-12 years. First few tears cut firewood with it every year and then after moving it just gets dusted off when I need to clean up a downed tree or someone needs to borrow it.

It can sit on the shelf for a year, pump it three or 4 times and she starts right up.
 

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I would suggest a Stihl or Husqvarna from an authorized dealer - stay away from box stores. You will get an excellent saw and have good service after the sale.
I was looking at Stihl at Ace hardware store since it was on my way to work. I think my JD dealer sells Stihl also but it is a lot farther away. Is the Stihl products the same quality at box stores compared to the dealers?
 

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Stihl makes different grades of saws.
The homeowner, farm and ranch, and professional level.

If you go onto their website you can see the model numbers of the different grades.
 

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I have a Husqvarna 340 which is a homeowners grade saw and I also have a Stihl MS291, just bought this one last year, which is in the Stihl Farm and Ranch line which is their middle grade saws.

There is really no caparison between my Husqvarna and the Stihl. The Stihl will eat the Husqvarna alive. Now, that said, it should because it is a higher grade of saw.

All chainsaw mfg. build saws for different users. For the average homeowner that uses their saw occasionally, the homeowner grade saws will do the job. The higher grade saws will have more power, larger size chains, metal pump gears and better bar oiling systems and usually better bars.

Considering saws that are under $400.00, you are probably going to be in the home owner grade of saw. I paid slightly more than $400.00 for my Stihl MS291.

So, how has the Husqvarna been. Since I have owned and used that one the most, it is a fairly good saw. The biggest problem with the homeowner grade Husqvarna is the bar oil pump drive gears are plastic. I replaced these gears once and had to clean the oil porting at least three times. In my opinion and my experience with the Husqvarna, it is a good saw for the average home owner user but I have had the problem with oil pump drive gears.

I agree with others, stay away from the Husqvarna's that are sold at the big box stores. They get there products special made and are usually a lessor quality.

In my opinion, buy the Stihl. I would say the Stihl home owner grade saws are at least as good as the Husqvarna and most likely are better.
 

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I'll add another option: Dolmar. Mine has a 16" bar, and isn't too heavy. I have used it to cut pretty much every kind of wood that I can find. It won't be the cheapest option, but it is a good quality saw. If I didn't have that, I would buy a Stihl.
 

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Stihl dealer

No big box store can be a authorized Stihl dealer
The Rural King store in Radford, Va. is a Stihl dealer according to my son. I think the Stihl requirement is that the dealers also provide full service and few of the big box stores do that.

If the local Ace Hardware store provides service, that may be a good option. Most of those stores are owned by individuals in the community. I'd try to talk with the people working the Stihl area and get a feel for how they are on service. Some will provide service but really aren't in that business while others look at it as a major way to attract and hold customers. If your local store feels service is important, I'd look at buying from them.

For what it's worth, I've run both Stihl's and Huskys over the past 25-30 years. Husky's first because we had dealers in the area. They closed up so we switched to Stihl although two of the Husky's are still cutting. Both are good, although I'm more likely to pick up the Husky because it's a mid size saw and the Stih's are smaller and larger. The mid size just works on everything up to about a 30" diameter log but if it's bigger than that, the Stihl has to come out and play.

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I own and like my Stihls and Dolmar, and would also recommend Huskys. But from what the OP stated he likes his battery saw and only needs​ a larger saw for just a couple of larger trees. I'm probably biting my tongue, but if you don't think you'll need that larger saw, I'd consider renting one from Home Depot or some other rental place. They put a new chain on for each rental, and if you're trying to flush cut to the ground, you're bound to dull the chain when you're cutting that close.

I like owning my tools, but if using it only one time, I look into renting.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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I have a Jonsereds and a Husqvarna. The Jon is 40 years old and has survived me and 3 boys cutting firewood for 100% heat for 10 years and 30% for the last 30. It also survived one 30in Oak that fell on it. The Husky is taking over as it's time for Jon to retire. Firewood chores are trimming and cutting deadfalls and windfalls now so Husky pretty much has a life of ease. I've been thinking about a battery saw to carry in the tractors box along with a sawsall to cut the limbs that hang down to far.
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